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What mindfulness gives children?
Nowadays, children have their days filled with various activities, and the moment of relaxation is for them to use the Internet, watch TV, or play video games. Mindfulness training gives a new opportunity, it is not forcing a child to sit in the lotus position for a long time, but as one of the minfulness pioneers for children, Christopher Willard, said, mindfulness is about "Sow a seed of meditative awareness in all aspects of our children's lives."
Despite the differences in the intensity of stress resulting from everyday situations, it can be said that mindfulness gives children what adults. He educates in them the ability to calm down, understand emotions, allows you to know their value and impact on relationships with other people, improves concentration and creativity. At the same time, it doesn't kill the child's natural curiosity about the world. On the contrary, it stimulates her and allows them to consciously experience what is happening in their lives. Exploring the world actively can go hand in hand when you stop and relax, see what is around you. Mindfulness helps you to behave better, and it is a skill that you want to use later in life.
Attentive parent, attentive child
Exercise mindfulness by a parent is key to developing mindfulness in a child. Keep in mind that the parent is the most important - and usually the first - teacher of the child. If, as parents, we can deal with emotions, taking care of ourselves, the ability to rest and enjoy contact with loved ones, if we can stop for a moment and put down the phone to sit next to the child with attention, then he will learn it from us .
Mindfulness workshops for children are usually conducted by therapists and specialists, however, thanks to Eline Snel's book "Frog Mindfulness and Peace", a parent can lead a child to the world of mindfulness. The book contains simple exercises that even a five-year-old can handle. The frog appearing here is a model that children can strive for. Żabka not only can jump and croak all day, but can also sit still. As Snel notes, it is not easy to sit still from the very beginning, but thanks to the repetition of exercises over time, this skill will become easier. The frog metaphor is very convincing.
Sample exercise for two
Breath is the basis in all meditative practices, awareness of the correct breath is the first stage to inner peace. Therefore, if we want to start our adventure with mindfulness, it's worth it focus on breath. How to start
It is worth doing it together. Both the parent and child take the toy, lie on their backs, place the toy calmly on their stomachs and begin breathing. Inhale and exhale. He swings the toy on his stomach, but so that the toy does not fall, you should breathe slowly and evenly. That's all. It is a very simple exercise that, despite its simplicity, can bring a lot of fun to a child - especially if the parent will accompany him.
Mindfulness training is slow, step by step, there is no rush here, and the effects of this subtle work allow you to fully enjoy what is most important - what is around us.